French Fancies

by Chi-chi on February 20, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
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This delightful programme, starring charismatic piano duo the Labèque Sisters, will brighten your February. The concert features Ibert’s charming, even frivolous Divertissement and concludes with a piece Saint-Saëns banned during his lifetime for fear it would undermine his reputation as a ‘serious’ composer – The Carnival of the Animals. It has, of course, since become one of his most popular and famous pieces, a wonderful musical menagerie of a lion, hens, tortoises and even a whole aquarium…

Debussy (arr Schoenberg) Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Mother Goose Suite (original version for piano duet)
Introduction and Allegro 
Carnival of the Animals

Katia and Marielle Labèque pianos
Eduardo Portal conductor (Ibert only)
Samuel West narrator
Soloists of the OAE

Concert finishes at approximately 8.50pm

Pre-concert event
OAE Extras at 5.45pm. Front Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall. Free Admission
OAE REMIX explore the animal world in Biber’s Sonata Representiva

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Armonico Tributo

by Chi-chi on January 8, 2014

recorder_OAEJoin Chi-chi and members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in this concert series featuring period trumpet and strings in all their glory. Featuring works from some of the greatest pioneers in music, including Bach, Biber and Vivaldi.

It’s also an opportunity to hear the deeply intoxicating Armonico Tributo, a piece that demonstrates Muffat’s merging of French and Italian style, an approach that would pave the way for the likes of Telemann, Handel, and Bach.

Members of OAE, including Chi-chi, will begin this two-week tour from January 10, 2014, starting in the Canary Islands, and ending in Pamplona, Spain on January 20, 2014.

View International Canary Island Music Festival website

View Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment website

Margaret River, Australia

April 13, 2013

During my visit to Margaret River, WA, Australia: I had an extraordinary experience yesterday. There had been a storm the night before & our water & electricity had been cut off. Exciting… but not convenient. I had some admin work to do & both iPhone & iPad were flat. So, I headed out to one […]

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Miles away…

March 5, 2013

It seems to be getting worse… this habit of being utterly lost inside your personal handset. Today was a classic case. I was walking from Baker Street station to teach at the Royal Academy of Music. The sun was shining, which usually means (from my observations) that people are more open in their manner. Not […]

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Each in our own worlds . . .

August 28, 2012

Sitting on the underground today. The guy next to me, the guy opposite me & the guy next to him are all plugged into their headphones & music. I’m being deafened by the leakage from the guy furthest away from me. He’s unaware of the intrusion as I stare at him, stop after stop. Eventually […]

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